I have been busy with family, so no long-winded marginally informed pre-game analysis. Please, hold your applause.
What I expect today:
Washaun Ealey must be a horse. Ealey must do his best to imitate Lattimore because I don't expect much if anything from Caleb King today. But, as I stated before, we must rush for 200 yards to win this game. And do it with Munzenmeir at fullback since Chapas is out.
Aaron Murray must use the tight ends, a lot. In fact, I will say if he throws 10 balls to the TE's that will be a great thing. Naturally, the TE's need to catch these balls.
Somebody out wide needs to step up in the absence of AJ Green and get behind the Arkansas DB's. Will it be R. Wooten, T. King or K. Durham? We need to stretch the field to help our running game.
Clearly the O-Line needs to sustain their blocks better than we have seen so far this year to get the run game going.
On defense, the word of the day is pressure, pressure, pressure. There is a great opportunity for Justin Houston to have a huge day but he will be getting plenty of attention from the Arkansas pass protectors. Thus, someone else needs to get after Mallett. I am looking for Darryl Gamble and Cornelius Washington to get to Mallett twice each.
We will see our nickel defense all day and without Branden Smith. These guys will need to make some plays to keep this game close. One or two timely interceptions would be outstanding!
This game very well could come down to the kicking game. In that case, I like our chances with Blair Walsh.
Prediction: Dawgs 34 - Hawgs 30.
Go DAWGS! GATA!